Together on the Lawn

Join us on the front lawn for some fun and exciting opportunities for you, your family, your friends, and our surrounding community to gather together and fellowship together.  There is (hopefully!) something for everyone!

Music on the Lawn | Select Sundays

All of these events are free and open to the community.  The insert in this week’s Vine has the schedule and we encourage you to put this on your refrigerator so you don’t miss anything that’s coming up.  We are excited to welcome you home and gather together on the lawn!


Music on the Lawn

Bring a chair, visit one of our visiting food trucks or bring dinner & some snacks! Come relax and enjoy some great music!

From Hymn Sings to dancing to some beach music, you're bound to have a great evening on the lawn!

All events begin at 4:00pm.

In the event of rain, the event will be cancelled.  Check back here or on our Facebook page for updates.

  • Sunday, July 25th - Jazz on the Lawn

    Join us for a Jazzy afternoon on the lawn.

Welcome Home

Dear Friends,

There is an interesting phenomenon that happens every year in March.  It is the return home of the swallows to the southern California city of San Juan Capistrano after a 6,000-mile journey from Goya, Argentina.  Every year the
swallows return in mid-March just in time for spring.  The town throws a parade and hosts a huge festival with children decked out in their favorite swallow costumes.

Thinking about the journey these swallows make every year causes me to once again marvel at the wonders of God’s creation.  These swallows have a “homing instinct” that guides them home over a great distance at precisely the same time, year after year.

Whether we realize it or not, we have a “homing instinct” placed within us by God.  The Bible says, “He has also set eternity in the human heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).  God has placed deep inside of us a yearning to be at home with him.  Augustine of Hippo, one of the great leaders of the early church, described it like this: “Thou hast made us for
thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”

The past year has been a time when many of us have had acutely restless hearts because of the pandemic and the disruptions created by efforts to mitigate its spread.  The “homing instinct” for God within us has been blunted a bit since we haven’t been able to gather together for worship and fellowship in the house of God.  However, the good news is that we are closer than ever to being able to return to in-person ministries and activities.  The house of God known as Jamestown UMC is as alive as ever and we are gearing up to welcome everyone home!

To help create enthusiasm and excitement as we ramp up our ministry offerings, we have selected a slogan for this new season entitled, Welcome Home – Together Again.  I believe this slogan addresses the yearning for God that is within us and the restlessness and frustration that will soon cease after we are together again.

We have a taskforce working hard to ensure that our slogan becomes a reality in the days ahead in all sorts of exciting and wonderful ways.  Be on the lookout for additional information as they finalize their plans.  And as that information becomes available, I hope you’ll share it with neighbors and friends so that they too will find a spiritual home here at JUMC.

On top of Mt. Sano near Huntsville, Alabama there is a 70-foot cross that is illuminated at night.  It is a prominent
landmark for the surrounding community.  Years ago, a young girl got lost in one of the area shopping centers late one evening.  When a security guard asked the young girl where she lived, she replied, “I don’t know but if you can get me to the cross, I can find my way home.”

We are so blessed to have a cross on a high steeple in such a prominent location in our community.  Many of you have found your way home to God under the cross of JUMC. And I can’t wait to see what is going to happen post pandemic as people from our surrounding community begin finding their way home to God through the
ministries of this church.

Welcome Home!